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John Lyon’s Charity operates a two stage application process for requests under the Schools in Partnership Fund, Main Grants Fund and for Small Grants of more than £2,000.

Stage One: Initial Proposal Letter

If you would like to apply to the Charity for a grant you need to write a letter (of approximately two sides of A4 in length) and send it to the Grants Office with the following information:

  • A summary of the main purpose of your project
  • Details of how much your project will cost in total
  • How much you are requesting from the Charity
  • The timescale of your project
  • What you will spend the Charity’s contribution on

This information is required for all Grant Funds.

For more information please see our guidelines for writing a good proposal letter

During the assessment of your proposal, a member of the Grants Team will be in contact with you and may request a site visit. We may also send your proposal to one of our Advisors, or arrange for an Advisor to visit you to discuss your proposal in more detail.

We will accept Stage One proposals at any time.

Decisions are made at Trustee meetings three times a year in March, June and November. You should be advised that the application process takes approximately six months to complete. Proposals received less than four months before the Trustee meeting may not be considered until the following meeting.

Please note: we are no longer accepting proposals for the February 2018 round.

Stage One proposal letters for the May 2018 round should be with the Grants Office by early February 2018 at the very latest. If you are successful, there is a Stage Two deadline in early April 2018.

If your proposal is successful you will be informed if you are eligible to receive the Second Stage Application Form.

School Holiday Activity Fund

If you would like to apply to the School Holiday Activity Fund you should download an application form.  Note: there are three parts to this form.  Forms can be sent to the Charity at any time but must take note of the deadlines for submitting applications.  For more information on the deadlines and on the School Holiday Activity Fund please click here.

School Explorer Fund

Schools wishing to apply to the School Explorer Fund can download an application form here . Forms can be sent to the Charity at any time but must be in advance of the activity you wish to receive funding for. For more information on the School Explorer Fund please click here.

Small Grants (under £2,000)

Applications are made by Initial Proposal letter. You will be advised by a member of the Grants Team if more information is required. There is no application form for requests for under £2,000.

The decision of the Grants Committee is final.

For more information on the application procedure please contact the Grants Office on 020 7259 1700.